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Machine Made

"Tammany Hall" has become iconic shorthand for a style of governance and politicking that seemingly long ago vanished from the Earth.  Journalist and historian Terry Golway finds the resonance of the famed organization.

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More Powerful Than Dynamite

Thai Jones's eye-opening study of the USA in 1914 captures an unwritten history of a nation on the brink of anarchist bombings and political bedlam akin to that which scrambled Europe at the outset of WWI. 

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Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero

The name Eliot Ness and his struggles to bring down Al Capone have passed into the annals of pop heroism via "The Untouchables." But Douglas Perry's biography reveals the less glamorous -- yet no less thrilling -- truth behind the crimefighting myth.

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Down to the Crossroads

Aram Goudsouzian's portrait of James Meredith (the first African American student at the University of Mississippi) and his 1966 "March Against Fear" is a stark look at the menace of racial unrest, and the forging of the Black Power movement.

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Danubia

The Middle Ages come alive in this humorous history of the strange Habsburg dynasty, who ruled central Europe for centuries: a motley crew of sorcerers, warriors, musicians, and eccentrics who lived wildly and left immeasurable impact our modern world.

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Spying in America

Profiling thirty cases of espionage carried out on  U.S. soil between the Revolutionary War and the end of WWII, ex-CIA chief Michael J. Sullick presents an insider's look at international spying that couldn't be timelier - or more startling in its revelations of "off the grid" world history.

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Days of Fire

Peter Baker's candid and revealing endeavor into the political strategies and internal conflicts of the Bush-Cheney administration is one of the year's most talked-about histories, and one of Barnes and Noble's Best New Nonfiction Books of 2013.

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Empress Dowager Cixi

A Barnes & Noble Best New Non-Fiction Book of 2013: The motives, passions, and intimate diaries of the most important woman in Chinese history are revealed in this stirring biography of rebellion, antiquity's arrival at modernity, and international love and war.

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The Men Who United the States

Simon Winchester (The Professor and the Madman) chronicles singular individuals ("Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks") whose stubborn genius lashed a nascent nation together into a powerful and glorious whole.

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Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

Wendy Lower's grimly hypnotic study of Nazi fervor among German women during and before WWII, and their role in the dark descent toward the Party's "Final Solution".

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Falling Upwards

No method of human flight is more entrancing than ballooning, and the earliest days of the pastime are brought to cinematic life by popular historian Richard Holmes, who find a circus of colorful characters to enliven his pages.

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The Inheritor's Powder

An engrossing history that recounts the popularity of arsenic poisoning in the early 19th century, and its enormous influence on the future of forensic toxicology.

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By the Rivers of the Water

The complex and fascinating biography of pious mid-19th century newlyweds Jane and John Leighton Wilson - American Southerners who thrived as Liberian missionaries, developed anti-slavery views, then returned to find their native Georgia at the height of the U.S. Civil War.

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1913: The Year Before the Storm

An acclaimed bestseller throughout Europe, this wry study of the titular year's biggest names - Ford, Chaplin, Chanel, Prada, Proust, Stavinsky - depicts a cultural revolution undercut by the destruction of World War I that soon followed.

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The Vikings

An engaging new history of the Nordic explorers that goes beyond their famed pillaging and instead recounts their knack for navigation, as well as ingenious nautical innovations.

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Shores of Knowledge

A fascinating and original look at New World exploration that focuses on scientific discoveries and innovations that were propelled by these 15th-century voyages to exotic lands.

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Crossing the Bay of Bengal

A fascinating look into the history of a little-known area that played an enormous role in the global trading industry and the journeys of its migrant workers.

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Camelot's Court

Robert Dallek, one of JFK's most revered biographers, turns his focus to the supporting cast of the Kennedy White House, and the surprising machinations of the president's inner circle.

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The Gamble

A unique statistical history of the 2012 presidential election, analyzing the strategic choices of both Romney and Obama that decided the outcome of their respective campaigns.

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The Tragedy of Liberation

Acclaimed historian Frank Dikotter explores the far-reaching and tragic consequences of the Chinese Revolution from 1945 to 1957, and its vast influence on China's current political climate.

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Noise

Guaranteed to change the way you listen to the world around you. From the early music of our Neaderthal ancestors to voicemails left by the dead, David Hendy explores the "sonic history" of humanity.

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Script and Scribble

A witty and enjoyable foray into the history and future of handwriting around the world.

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The Huguenots (Sept 23, 2013)

The rise, survival, and fall of the radical Protestants who came to promenance in seventeenth century France is viewed with expansive detail in this fine history from the aptly named Geoffrey Treasure.

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Hothouse

Boris Kachka's thoughtful insider look at the publishing giant Farrar, Straus & Giroux is replete with toe-curling tales of the eponymous owners’ office antics, as well as their pugnacious battles for their authors and books.

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The United States of Paranoia

An engaging and bizarre history of America’s most notorious conspiracy theories, from the suspicious assassination attempt of President Andrew Jackson to the panicked Red Scare of the mid-20th century.

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Lawrence in Arabia

Far from the European trenches of WWI, the Arab Revolt against Turkey was a clandestine operation that gained little attention, but achieved far-reaching results. In this revelatory history, Scott Anderson profiles the four men responsible for overhauling the old Middle East.

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The Skies Belong to Us

From 1968 to 1973, nearly one commercial jet per week was successfully taken hostage.  "The Golden Age of Hijacking" receives an overdue history in this true story of a Vietnam War vet who captured $488,000, political asylum, and Western Airlines Flight 701 in one fell swoop.

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Between Man and Beast

In 1856, gorillas were still, to Europeans, a creature as mythical as the unicorn.  Enter brave zoologist Paul Du Chaillu, the man who penetrated the West African jungle in search of the truth -- and emerged into a storm of controversy.  A Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers Selection.

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The Age of Edison

We take its effects for granted, but this electrifying account of Thomas Edison’s invention of the modern light bulb, will generate new appreciation for how the conquest of darkness has permanently altered the world. Ernest Freeberg offers a richly detailed study of this transformative moment in human ingenuity.

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Farewell, Fred Voodoo

Amy Wilentz returns to Haiti two decades after her PEN award winning The Rainy Season with a portrait of the nation as a prototypical global economy, and one that foreshadows the dangers of climate change and civic collapse.

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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